Pole to Pole
Day 121: Bulawayo
Demand is falling, however, at the Bulawayo Bowls Club. Pearle Sheppard, the secretary, blames Independence. 'A lot of people have left the country . . . we used to have nearly 400 members . . . and now it's gone right down to about 120.'
When we arrive to film, Pearle is concerned that we don't get the wrong impression from a large sign which greets us at the clubhouse: 'BBC. Do Not Leave Things on the Verandah for the Thieves'.
'Oh dear no, BBC is for Bulawayo Bowls Club,' she explains apologetically.
Despite it being a dull, drizzly afternoon there are twenty bowlers out on the greens. The men are thin, erect and grey-haired. The women are generally, though by no means exclusively, buxom, and as you might expect, younger than the men.
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